Angelica Bălșan, a mother of four children, suffered eight assaults at the hands of her husband. She sustained injuries that needed several days of medical care – including bruises on her face, arms, back, thighs and an open facial wound. Angelica’s husband abused her and her children throughout their marriage, with the violence intensifying during divorce proceedings.
Between 2007 and 2008, Angelica made emergency calls, filed criminal complaints and asked the head of the police for protection. However, despite telling the authorities that she feared for her life, no proper measures were taken to protect her. Every time, her husband was either acquitted or the authorities decided not to press charges.
Feeling helpless, Angelica finally took a case to the European Court of Human Rights.